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Subjudice: It’s shameful watching lawyers discussing Chicago University’s Certificate matter on TV, other platforms –Agbakoba, SAN

Olisa Agbakoba, Constitutional Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria

*Olisa Agbakoba, a constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, urges particularly lawyers, and other individuals discussing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu/ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s controversy in the media space ‘should stop their fireworks and await the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Olisa Agbakoba, a constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has taken an exception to the way and manner some legal practitioners have continued to discuss the Chicago State University (CSU) certificate issue involving President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on television stations, in newspapers, and other media platforms.

Recall former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who also contested the February 25, 2023, Presidential Election along with others, is currently contesting in court the authenticity of the certificate President Tinubu presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the polls.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

Atiku was reported to have filed for submission of a fresh evidence in the country’s Supreme Court.

Agbakoba, however, in regard to what is known as “subjudice” in legal profession, called for cessation of discussions on Bola Tinubu’s Chicago State University matter still  pending in the court.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, in a statement issued Monday, October 9, 2023, said especially lawyers, as well as other individuals and groups discussing the issue in the media space should stop their fireworks and await the judgment of the Supreme Court of the West African country.

He stated: “The cacophony of discordant voices on Tinubu/Atiku over the certificate matter is completely out of hand. “This utter nonsense from armchair lawyers is heating up Nigeria dangerously.”

The legal icon also said: “Please can we keep our opinions and views to ourselves, awaiting a decision of the Supreme Court.

“I am so ashamed to see lawyers on Television arguing one way or the other on the merits or demerits of the Chicago State University matter.”

He asserted “this is most unhelpful!

“I call out all media that tolerate this nonsense of adjudicating the CSU matter on TV and Newspapers.”

Agbakoba further stated: “I urge the President of the Nigerian Bar Association to call out lawyers that breach rules of ethics by turning the media into a Court of Law.

“Can we please stop heating up our country??? Let us allow the Supreme Court of Nigeria to make a judicial pronouncement that is binding on us all!!!! This public nonsense must stop.”

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